Wow. It’s like a ghost town around here. How was your 4th of July weekend? Mine was swell. Hung out with my Dad and half-sister a bit, and caught a few movies: Wall-E (as good as they say), Hancock (meh) and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (not bad, but fairly redundant for HST heads).
We still don’t have internet at our new place, and won’t ’til Wednesday. To fill the void in our souls, we’ve been watching the just-released season one of "Mad Men," aka the best show on television since "The Wire" wrapped up.
But now it’s back to work, bah. I’m off to the Pitchfork Festival in a couple of weeks to table for Future of Music Coalition. Haven’t studied the schedule yet, but I’m sure there’s something worth seeing. Friday night is all about reunited bands playing seminal albums in their entirety — Public Enemy will perform It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (members are also talking abut its creation at a pre-festival discussion hosted by FMC); Sebadoh will rock Bubble and Scrape; Mission of Burma will plow through Vs.
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Despite what the Armageddonites on the right would have you believe, America’s Founders were hardly smitten with Christianity. This interesting Independence Day-themed post ran over at Diabologue the other day, but I wasn’t able to share it with you until now. It includes some choice quotes from the Framers, including this very clear declaration from our inaugural Commander in Chief:
“The United States is in no way founded upon the Christian religion.”
– George Washington
I think I’ve just found my new bumper sticker. . .